St Joseph's Newsletter T4 Wk 2

26 October 2022

Principal’s Piece

Kia Ora Koutou

Ka rere te tui, tae noa ki te whakata, ka hoki and ki te kainga

A tui will fly so far until it rests, and will then return home

This term has got off to a flying start with Year 4-8 athletics last week and our senior production this week. It is an action packed term with many other opportunities for our students over the next 8 weeks. Our middle school goes on camp to Raglan in Week 8, our seniors are off on a day trip to Waimarino and our junior school is attending the Waikato A&P show this Friday just to name a few.

Term 4 is also the term when assessments are completed for the year and end of year reports are written. Also during this period class lists for 2023 are constructed. If your child is not returning to St Joseph’s could you please inform us. If you have learning considerations for your child’s placement for 2023 please email me by Friday 11 November; Please note that any request is not guaranteed but it is taken into consideration when placing children. With placements we endeavour to make sure every child has the best environment to thrive in.

In Week 9 the school will have the end of year events including the prize giving and final Mass. The last day of school for our Year 1-7 students will be Thursday 15 December and like last year the Year 8’s Leavers function will take place on Friday 16 December.

After a busy nine weeks we will be able to return home for a rest and enjoy the summer holidays.

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Grant Stuart

Tumuaki / Principal

Gospel Reflection

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Sunday, October 23, 2022

Gospel Reading

Luke 18:9-14

Jesus tells the parable of the proud Pharisee who prayed from his self-importance and the tax collector who prayed humbly.

Background on the Gospel Reading

The second parable that Jesus tells in Luke 18 addresses attitude in prayer. In contrasting the prayer of the Pharisee with the prayer of the tax collector, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray in humility before God. Jesus again surprises his listeners by showing the tax collector as the example of faith, rather than the Pharisee. Remember that Pharisees were members of a sect of Judaism active in Jesus' time. They taught an oral interpretation of the Law of Moses as the basis for Jewish piety. If anyone would be a model for prayer, a Pharisee was a likely candidate. In contrast, Jesus offers the tax collector as a model for prayer. Tax collectors were collaborators with the Roman authorities in a system that allowed the tax collectors to line their own pockets by charging in excess of the defined taxes. Yet, in this parable, Jesus offers the humility of the tax collector as a model for the prayer of a disciple. The parable reminds us that when we pray, we must remember our need for God in our lives. If we are too full of ourselves, there is too little room for God's grace to work in us.

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No Pizza orders this Friday.

Due to the junior school being out at the A&P Show, there will be no Pizza orders made this week. Any orders already made have been cancelled and the money refunded to your account.

PTFA Second Hand Uniform Sale

On Friday 4 November the PTFA will be holding a Second hand uniform sale from 2 pm. This will be outside the staffroom. Payment can be made by cash or through Kindo.

2023 Term Dates

The BOT have approved the following Term Dates for 2023:

Term 1: Tues 31 January - Thurs 6 April

Term 2: Mon 24 April - Fri 30 June

Term 3: Mon 17 Jul - Friday 22 Sept

Term 4: Mon 9 Oct - Fri 15 Dec

Enrolments for 2023

We are still accepting enrolments for next year but places are limited in some levels. If you have a younger child due to start please complete the online enrolment form on our website and submit the necessary supporting documentation. Also, if you know of others who would like their children to attend St Joseph's please encourage them to fill in the form.

ICAS Achievements

Congratulations to the following students For their achievements in the ICAS Exams:



Zach McLauchlan-Hillary


Theo Johnston

Emilia Shyra


Bella McLauchlan-Hillary



Aodhan O'Toole

Joseph Riley

Emilia Shyra

Aoife Whaley


Theo Barton

Sophia Turno


Laura Barton

Raphael Brdanovic

Lorenzo Lunas

Bella McLauchlan-Hillary

Chloe Pierard-Joel

Tessa Scott

Mass Schedule Term 4

Whanau are welcome to join us in celebrating the Eucharist on Friday’s at 9 am as follows:

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Teacher Only Day - Friday 11 November

On Friday 11 November the school will be closed. There will be no Breakfast Club, supervision or After School Care provided as all staff are involved in professional development.

Gumboot Thursday! Thursday 3 November.

Friday 4 November is Gumboot Friday, an initiative run by the I Am Hope foundation. The aim is to raise funds for free counselling for children, a very worthy cause. St Joseph's Fairfield will be a day early this year, as our Year 7&8 students go to Techni lessons offsite on Friday's. We will have GUMBOOT THURSDAY on Thursday 3 November. Children are welcome to wear gumboots to school (with their school uniform!) and there will be gumboot games run by our House Leaders at lunchtime. This is a fun way to raise money for kids' mental health, so please bring a gold coin donation to support the I AM HOPE foundation.

In August the Year 7&8 students had a visit from Tai Toupou from I Am Hope discussing mental health, so we have first hand experience of the great work this organisation does! If you want to know more, the website is

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Student Well Being

Counselling Appointments

Our Counsellor will work more closely with individuals and small groups. If you wish to make a referral to the counsellor for a student please fill in the following form:


As part of our commitment to ensure the safety of all students at our school, staff have recently completed an asthma refresher with Asthma Waikato.

Following this we are asking all families who have a child at school who have been diagnosed with asthma or who have been prescribed an inhaler, to please let us know. As part of our school policy we are required to have all known asthmatics on a register and to hold at school for each child:

  • An up-to-date Asthma Action Plan (completed by a GP)
  • A clean, new spacer and reliever inhaler OR Symbicort if that is the inhaler your child uses as a reliever.

Asthma Waikato accepts self-referrals and their services are free. They provide one-to-one asthma education and support to families of children aged 0-15 with asthma living in the Waikato. They can ensure your child is on the right medications, the right dose, the right device and that you and they understand what asthma is and how to manage it best. For example, did you know that needing to use your reliever (blue or grey usually) inhaler more than twice a week can be dangerous and can also mean asthma is uncontrolled? Or that preventer inhalers have to be given morning and night, every day even when well to be effective?

There have been big changes in the recommendations (both globally and within NZ) for asthma medications for children aged 12+ recently. To ensure your child is on the best regime and the most recommended, please make an appointment to see Asthma Waikato.

We highly recommend all our families with children with asthma get in touch with Asthma Waikato and self-refer for a consultation with them. Self-referrals can be made through their website

Students Arriving Early

We have a number of students arriving at school prior to 8.00 am. As we do not have staff on duty at this time, students arriving before 8.00 am will be sent to Before School Care and parents will be charged.

Parking on Strowan Avenune and Clarkin Ave

When collecting or dropping students off at school, please do not park in the no parking zones or on or across our neighbours driveways. Thanks for your co-operation in helping to keep our students safe.



During the last weekend of the holidays a number of our St Joseph’s students represented Waikato Water Polo at the U12 Baywave Tournament in Tauranga. They were Max Baker, Samuel McDiarmid, Jasper Gower, Ezra Gower and Toby Monsma.

Ezra and Toby were in the A team (Taniwha’s) which finished 6th in the A Grade after a very physical final. This grade was a huge step up and the team held their own alongside some bigger regions. Max, Samuel and Jasper were in the B team (Inanga’s) which placed 3rd in the C Grade. Over the half the team were playing in their first tournament and showed some spectacular game play. Special mention to Toby Monsma who took home the team player/MVP for the A team for the tournament! Well deserved Toby .

All students played amazing and represented their region and school with pride.

Round the Bridges

Entries are now open for Round the Bridges.

We have registered the school for those who would like to enter with us. All race options are available.

Please click the link and use STJOES2022 as the group code. Race bibs will be issued to the school and given to your child once received.

Group code : STJOES2022


Before and After School Care 2022

Here are the links to find out more details and to enrol for Term Four:

Before School Club Term 4

After School Club Term 4

School Uniform

All items of the uniform can now be purchased via the school. We are no longer selling any uniform items at NZ Uniforms in Hamilton.

Please use the Kindo app to purchase items and these will then be sent to your child's classroom. If you need to try on items, please come to the school office after 9am and we can help you with this or you can call on 855 5434 to arrange a time.

Please be aware that there may be limited sizes of certain items.

School Uniform Items and Prices

Uniform Returns Policy

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Period Products

St Joseph’s Fairfield has opted into the government initiative to provide period products for students. This initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all schools across New Zealand. Periods are a fact of life for half the population. Despite this, young people don’t always have access to the products they need to feel comfortable at school, engage in their learning, and manage what should be a normal and healthy part of life. If you want to know more, click here for a link to the Ministry of Education information.

At St Joseph’s, we have put in place a discreet delivery system so that girls can take home a monthly allocation of period products (two boxes per month). We know that some girls at this age might feel too shy to openly discuss period products with their peers or a staff member, so we want to make access easy and remove any embarrassment for them.

Click here for more information.

Each girl can fill in this Google Form which lets them select from various products.

COVID 19 - Update

New long-term strategy for COVID-19

You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.

This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.

The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health

Mask wearing is no longer required.

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.

Past Student Sporting Achievements

We are keen to build a database of former students who have gone on to do great things in their sporting endeavours - they may represent New Zealand or play sport professionally. If you know of former students doing great things, please let us know.

Community Notices

Brain Play

Brain Play teaches online after-school science & technology classes to Kiwi kids aged 5 - 13, from right across the country! Online topics this term include 3D printing, coding, animation, STEM experiments, LEGO & more. Free trials available for new students. Check out our timetable on our website and use the form to get in touch -

William Pike Event - Thursday 3 November

The Waikato Literacy Association is is running an event with Motivational Speaker - William Pike. William, a 22-year-old school teacher from Auckland, came to the attention of the nation on 25 September 2007 when, while tramping on Mt Ruapehu, he was critically injured during a volcanic eruption. William's inspirational story begins with his trip to Nepal at the age of 12, which awakened his interest in outdoor pursuits of all kinds, and continues through his teens and early twenties as a mad-keen tramper, climber, surf-lifesaver and diver. William then retells his miraculous survival tale and reveals his plans for the future with infectious optimism and an approach to life that has remained intact - Every Day's A Good Day

Every registered adult can bring a young person for free.

William Pike Flyer

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Parish Mass Times

St Peter Chanel

Tuesday 9am

Thursday 9am - Liturgy with Communion

Saturday Vigil 5pm

St Joseph's

Wednesday 9am - Liturgy with Communion

Friday 9am

Sunday 9am

Term Dates

2022 Term Dates

Term 4: Mon 17th October – Fri 16th December

Teacher Only Day

Term 4 – Friday, 11 November

2023 Term Dates

Term 1: Tues 31 January - Thurs 6 April

Term 2: Mon 24 April - Fri 30 June

Term 3: Mon 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4: Mon 9 October - Fri 15 December